The Dual Degree Program in Expressive Arts Therapy is an honors program designed for exceptional students. The integrated B.S./M.A. program is developed for students who are interested in accelerating their educational experience in a program combining the curriculum of the Undergraduate Expressive Arts Therapy major and a graduate program in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling.
The program is designed for students who demonstrate a high level of maturity and academic potential. Essentially an honors program, the integrated program demands that students be able to achieve the academic rigor of graduate education by the time they reach their junior year of traditional undergraduate study. Students in this accelerated program must be able to achieve a level of introspection and cultural awareness necessary to engage in clinical work at a relatively young chronological age. Qualified students apply in the fall of their junior year and must be accepted for admission into the Expressive Therapies Division, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences. This may be altered for students transferring to Lesley.The qualities looked for upon admission include, but are not limited to:
Students are advised jointly in their junior and senior year by the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Expressive Arts Therapy program and a Graduate School Advisor designated for the dual degree program.
Students will apply for the Master’s program in the fall of their junior year. Transfer students may follow an alternate timeline.
When students graduate from our MA in Expressive Therapies: Specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling they have met the educational requirements* for both Expressive Arts Therapy registration (REAT) by the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), as well as licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Massachusetts (LMHC).(*IEATA requires 100 hours of personal expressive arts therapy. This may be done as individual or group expressive arts therapy, not including personal process as required in Master’s classes or course work. One’s expressive arts therapist cannot be the same person as their supervisor, teacher or head of training program. Lesley does not provide this service, this must be completed outside of Lesley’s requirements.)
Nancy Jo Cardillo
Instructor of Expressive Arts Therapy
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